Montrose eyes playoff run

Montrose’s Sam Dixon, left, tries to get the ball past teammate Sara Serfass during a drill on Wednesday afternoon. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN WOODRUFF

BY KEVIN WOODRUFF

The Montrose Area girls’ basketball team is returning to the courts after a 20-7 season in 2009-10 where the Lady Meteors brought home the Lackawanna League Division III championship.

However, coach Al Smith wants to take it one step further this year with the Meteor team.

“Our goal is to try and improve on last year’s season,” Smith said. “And we hope to have an injury free year.”

Returning to the hardwood for the Meteors are seniors Mimi DiPhillips, Sam Abbott and Katelyn Spellman, juniors Sarah Krupinski, Dallas Ely, Katie Stranburg, Brooke Malloy and Brittany Hartman and sophomore Sam Dixon.

Montrose’s Sarah Kimsey goes up for a layup as teammate Sam Abbott tries to block the shot during a Meteor practice on Wednesday. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN WOODRUFF

Smith said that Forest City and Mountain View will be strong teams to contend with on their path to success.

“Forest City has everyone back from a strong team and are well coached,” Smith said. “And Mountain View has a lot of talent. They probably have one of the best post players in both leagues combined.”

However, Smith feels that Abbot and Ely can step up and be stand out players for the Meteors this season.

Montrose’s varsity girls’ basketball team is comprised of seniors DiPhillips, Abbott and Spellman, juniors Krupinski, Ely, Stranburg, Malloy and Hartman, sophomores Dixon and Cierra Hartman, and freshmen Nicki Lewis, Allison Lewis, Meagan Spellman, Erica Reeves, Ashley Lattner and Shelby Stewart.

The Meteors get their season started on Friday, Dec. 10, at Valley View at 7:15 p.m.

Full schedule:

Dec. 10, Valley View, A, 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 13, Carbondale, H, 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 16, Wyalusing, H, 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 18, Holy Cross, A, 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 21, Lackawanna Trail, A, 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 23, North Pocono, A, 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 27, Susq. Co. Christmas Tournament, H, 3:30 p.m.

Dec. 29, Susq. Co. Christmas Tournament, H, TBA

Jan. 3, Elk Lake, A, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 6, Blue Ridge, H, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 10, Mt. View, H, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 13, Forest City, A, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 17, Susquehanna, A, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 19, Lakeland, H, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 21, Scranton Prep, H, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 26, Lackawanna Trail, H, 6 p.m.

Jan. 28, Elk Lake, H, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 31, Blue Ridge, A, 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 3, Mt. View, A, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 7, Forest City, H, 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 10, Susquehanna, H, 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 14, Lakeland, A, 7:15 p.m.

Below is a glimpse at other girls’ basketball programs in Susquehanna County.

Blue Ridge 

Blue Ridge’s Lady Raiders are starting a new season under the direction of first-year coach Mike Budnik, and are hoping to boost the team’s 5-9 record from the 2009-10 campaign.

Full schedule:

Dec. 10, Sayre Tip-Off Tournament, 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 14, Athens, H, 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 16, Honesdale, A, 7 p.m.

Dec. 20, Northeast Bradford, H, 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 21, Elk Lake, A, 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 27, Susq. Co. Christmas Tournament, A, 3:30 p.m.

Dec. 29, Susq. Co. Christmas Tournament, A, TBA

Jan. 3, Susquehanna, H, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 6, Montrose, A, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 10, Lakeland, H, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 13, Mt. View, A, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 17, Lackawanna Trail, A, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 19, Forest City, H, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 25, Elk Lake, H, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 28, Susquehanna, A, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 31, Montrose, H, 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 3, Lakeland, A, 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 7, Mt. View, H, 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 10, Lackawanna Trail, H, 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 14, Forest City, A, 7:15 p.m.

Elk Lake

Elk Lake’s girls’ basketball team will have a new coach this year in Tyrone Hinkley, after the retirement of coach Al Caines. The Lady Warriors finished off last season at 7-7 in Lackawanna League Division III, good enough for third place.

Full schedule:

Dec. 10-11, Tunkhannock Lady Tiger Tournament,  6 p.m.

Dec. 13, Holy Cross, A, 6 p.m.

Dec. 15, Northeast Bradford, A, 6 p.m.

Dec. 21, Blue Ridge, H, 6 p.m.

Jan. 3, Montrose, H, 6 p.m.

Jan. 10, Susquehanna, A, 6 p.m.

Jan. 13, Lackawanna Trail, H, 6 p.m.

Jan. 15, Wyalusing, H, 6 p.m.

Jan. 17, Lakeland, H, 6 p.m.

Jan. 20, Mt. View, A, 6 p.m.

Jan. 26, Blue Ridge, A, 6 p.m.

Jan. 28, Montrose, A, 6 p.m.

Jan. 31, Forest City, H, 6 p.m.

Feb. 3, Susquehanna, H, 6 p.m.

Feb. 7, Lackawanna Trail, A, 6 p.m.

Feb. 10, Lakeland, A, 6 p.m.

Feb. 14, Mt. View, H, 6 p.m. 

Forest City

Forest City’s girls’ basketball team finished the Lackawanna league Division III campaign last year with an 11-3 record, good enough for second place under coach Carl Urbas.

Full schedule:

Dec. 21, Susquehanna, H, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 3, Lakeland, A, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 6, Elk Lake, H, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 10, Lackawanna Trail, A, 6 p.m.

Jan. 13, Montrose, H, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 17, Mt. View, H, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 26, Susquehanna, A, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 28, Lakeland, H, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 31, Elk Lake, A, 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 3, Lackawanna Trail, H, 6 p.m.

Feb. 7, Montrose, A, 7:15 p.m.

Mountain View

Mountain View will be coached by first-year coach Jason Nese, a former Pittston Area assistant coach, and are looking to contend after finishing 7-7 in Lackawanna League Division III last season.

Full schedule:

Dec. 10, Holy Cross, H, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 14, Riverside, A, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 15, Tunkhannock, A, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 17, Western Wayne, A, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 21, Lakeland, A, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 27, Wyalusing Tournament, A, TBA

Dec. 31, Mid Valley, H, 2:30 p.m.

Jan. 3, Lackawanna Trail, H, 6 p.m.

Jan. 6, Susquehanna, A, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 10, Montrose, A, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 13, Blue Ridge, H, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 17, Forest City, A, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 20, Elk Lake, H, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 26, Lakeland, H, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 28, Lackawanna Trail, A, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 31, Susquehanna, H, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 3, Montrose, H, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 7, Blue Ridge, A, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 10, Forest City, H, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 14, Elk Lake, A, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 10, Mt. View, A, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 14, Blue Ridge, H, 7:15 p.m.

Susquehanna

Susquehanna will again be under direction of coach Dori Sabatelli, who will look to improve the Sabers’ record of 0-14 in Division III last season.

Full schedule:

Dec. 10-11, Tunkhannock Tip-Off Tournament, A, TBA

Dec. 14, Mid Valley, H, 6 p.m.

Dec. 15, Old Forge, A, 6 p.m.

Dec. 21, Forest City, A, 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 27, Susq. Co. Christmas Tournament, A, 2 p.m.

Dec. 29, Susq. Co. Christmas Tournament, A, TBA

Jan. 3, Mt. View, H, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 5, Blue Ridge, A, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 7, Elk Lake, H, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 10, Lakeland, A, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 13, Montrose, H, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 17, Lackawanna Trail, H, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 20, Deposit Central (N.Y.), A, 6 p.m.

Jan. 24, Forest City, H, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 26, Mt. View, A, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 28, Blue Ridge, H, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 31, Elk Lake, A, 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 3, Lakeland, H, 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 7, Montrose, A, 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 10, Lackawanna Trail, A, 6 p.m.

Feb. 11, Hancock, A, 6 p.m.

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